How many more times do Ranger fans have to go to the Mausoleum only to watch the officials hand a game to the Fishsticks?
The answer is: You Don’t!
The attendance in Nassau was over 15,000 tonight. I will bet my first born that over half of the fans were wearing Ranger jersies. It’s all well and good to support your team. But, last season and already starting this season, the officials have done their best to hand the Islanders games by calling the most ridiculous penalties. The Islander were given three 5 on 3’s powerplays on ludicrous calls.
Shanahan’s stick was being slashed, yet he gets a holding the stick penalty. Roszival get a boarding penalty for finishing a check. Ryan Callahan gets yanked down from behind and gets called for diving. This officiating is disgraceful.
Let’s run some numbers. We play the Fish 4 times at Nassau. Conservatively, if we put 4000 fans in seats at an average cost of $45.00 per seat, that’s $180,000. Times that by 4 games and you get $720,000. That’s about what they are paying Bryan Berard, who scored the game winning goal on the second 5 on 3.
If the Rangers are going to get penalized for clean checks, Ranger fans should penalize the Islanders, the NHL and their incompetant officials by not writing their checks to see the ice get tilted in Uniondale.
Vote with your wallets. Stop driving revenue to the Islander franchise. Your dollars help keep this franchise afloat.
Just Say NO!
Stay the hell home!